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GCSE Business and Communication Systems

Staff - Mrs L Budde

Business and Communication Systems

Business and Communication Systems is a practical subject which recognises how ICT has become increasingly important in business.  By studying this course pupils have the opportunity to develop practical ICT skills in a wide range of computer applications in business contexts.   Furthermore pupils study the business environment and the affect which advances in ICT have had on it.

The Business & Communication Systems department aims:

  • To develop practical ICT skills and business knowledge, skills and understanding that are useful in a diverse range of employment roles.
  • To help pupils understand the changing role of ICT in business.
  • To help pupils gain an understanding of how ICT skills are used to enhance business activities, particularly through e-commerce.
  • To prepare pupils for studying business and ICT at a more advanced level.

Course content

This GCSE combines an understanding of Business theory with the practical use of ICT in business. There are 3 Units of study

  • Use of ICT
  • The Business Environment
  • E-Commerce

Students must complete all three units.  The content of each is outlined in more detail below.

Unit

 Content

 

Use of ICT

Word-Processing

Spreadsheets

Charts

Databases

Presentations

Using the Internet and Email

 

The Business Environment

 

Business Activity

Types of Business Ownership

Aims of Business

The Role of the Social Enterprise

Uncertainty, Risk, Reward and Change

Stakeholders

Customers

Communication

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Marketing

Market Research

Methods: Primary/Field and Secondary/Desk

Competition

Marketing Mix

Remuneration

Recruitment and Selection

Training

 

E-Commerce

 Role of ICT

Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Business

Effective Business Websites

Legal Implications of E-Business

Web Design

 Assessment Structure:

Content

 

Assessment

Weighting

Availability

 Unit 1

 

Use of ICT

External computer-based exam

2 hours

Format

Computer –based exam testing pupils’ ICT skills in a business context. 

 Worth 40%

 Every Summer

(Exam taken in year 11 – can be retaken in Year 12)

 

Unit 2

The Business Environment

 

 External written exam

1 hour

Synoptic*

Worth 35%

 

Summer

Terminal Assessment

(Year 12 only)

Assesses any part of the course

Unit 3

E-commerce

 

Controlled Assessment

Format

Pupils’ research, design & develop a website & associated documents for a business, based on a case study. 

Worth 25%

 

Summer

Terminal Assessment

 

GCSE Results

Year

Grade

%

2011

A* -  C

100%

2010

A* -  C

90%

2010

A* -  E

100%

GCSE Exams

The GCSE Business & Communication Systems Unit 1 Exam is on

The GCSE Business & Communication Systems Unit 2 Exam is on

Revision classes 

Revision classes will be starting soon for GCSE Business & Communication Systems.  Come along and get extra support with exam techniques and topics you feel you need additional help with. 

Year  

Day

12

Thursday

 Useful Website Links 

www.bbc.co.uk/business

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk        

www.bized.co.uk

www.tutor2u.net          

www.iw-chameleon.co.uk

www.ccea.org.uk